Software Reviews
Enterprise software, largely consisting of backup and recovery applications.
by Adam Armstrong

Synology Cloud Station Review

Synology has several NAS offerings for home, office, and even enterprise applications. All of their DiskStation NAS units are powered by Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1 operating system, with 5.2 on the horizon. DSM offers lots of good, free apps to users, such as the recently reviewed Surveillance Station 7.0. Another free app that all users have access to is Synology Cloud Station. Cloud Station gives users and businesses their own cloud to save and sync files with. Users can work on a given file in the office, remotely, from home, or on a mobile device, save it to Cloud Station, and pick up from where they let off from any other device or location they choose.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Synology Surveillance Station 7.0 Review

Synology has several great, free apps for DiskStation and RackStation owners. What’s most talked about is that Synology devices offer ease of use, the ability to share and sync files across multiple platforms, and their reliability to protect your data. Synology also offers another comprehensive service that is incredibly powerful and equally valuable; Surveillance Station. Surveillance Station turns a Synology NAS into a robust surveillance system to help protect user’s homes and offices. It allows users to watch live feeds, playback recordings, and batch manage cameras.

Read more
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP iLO 4 Review

There have been several methods of Out-of-Band (OOB) Management for server assets over the years.  The two that are still quite popular are KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switches that are often IP-enabled, and some form of Lights Out Management such as HP’s iLO (Integrated Lights-Out Management.)  All Out-of-Band Management solutions can make maintaining and supporting servers elsewhere more convenient whether located across a building or on the other side of the world. 

Read more
by Brian Beeler

SanDisk FlashSoft Caching Software Review (Windows)

SanDisk FlashSoft is a software package designed to leverage small amounts of flash to accelerate hard drive based workloads. Like other caching software packages, the reasoning goes that within most applications, like a database, there is only so much data that is very active at any given time. Rather than place all of that application data on an expensive flash tier, size your flash for the percentage of active data and let smart software decide when to promote hot data to the flash cache. Intuitively the argument makes sense as many enterprises would rather stretch out the life of existing arrays and server hardware or make smaller new hardware investments, and can leverage FlashSoft to do so relatively economically. FlashSoft estimates enterprises can gain 3-5 times the performance of applications like SQL Server thanks to the huge gains in overall latency and responsiveness of the most in demand data. 

Read more
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

How To Lower Virtualized Data Center Expense With USB Flash

One of the little known or little explored secrets with servers running VMware ESXi 5.x is they can be booted off of USB or SD flash media. In such a scenario, enterprises could dump HBAs or RAID cards and the hard drives or SSDs that are used to boot the servers. Going this route yields a CAPEX benefit for new systems, the cost of flash media for boot is insignificant compared to the drives and storage adapter cards required to spin up a server. There are also gains in OPEX; the implications of moving to USB or SD flash media have a big advantage when considering the power required for a small flash media drive for boot vs. the more common practice of adapters and drives. 

Read more
by Josh Linden

EMC Syncplicity Review

Syncplicity is EMC’s cloud-based file management and collaboration platform which was acquired in 2012 to integrate multi-client synchronization and security features with the EMC’s public and private cloud storage portfolio. With no end in sight in the movement towards mobile staffing and technology, it's vital for enterprise storage vendors to offer solutions that support file synchronization while maintaining IT administrative control over business data. Syncplicity can be used as a subscription-based model service with EMC’s infrastructure, or customers can deploy Syncplicity with EMC’s Isilon or Atmos storage platforms. 

Read more